In this study we have examined the combustion dynamics of 1,5-dinitrobiuret (DNB) and nitric acid using reactive molecular dynamics simulations. Simulations were performed using the ReaxFF force field with parameters that were fitted against quantum mechanical calculations on model compounds/clusters relevant for this particular chemical system. Several different compositions were investigated, at densities of 0.5 and 1.0 g/mL, to examine the reaction kinetics in a dense vapor and liquid phase of these mixtures. Our simulations show that at certain compositions of the mixture reaction kinetics result in a very sharp release of thermal energy, which we associate with spontaneous ignition or hypergolicity. Analysis of key reaction mechanisms responsible for this process is discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry